Iran confirms drones to Russia but ‘months’ before war in Ukraine | Russo-Ukrainian War


Tehran says it “will not be indifferent” if it is proven that Russia used its unmanned aerial vehicles in the Ukraine conflict.

Tehran, Iran – Iran has confirmed for the first time that it was selling drones to Russia, but said it happened “months” before the start of the war in Ukraine.

Speaking to reporters after an event in Tehran on Saturday, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian responded to claims by Western officials that Iranian drones had been supplied to Moscow for its invasion, and that surface-to-surface missiles could also be on the way.

“Their comments on the missile part are completely wrong, and the drone part is correct. We gave Russia a limited number of drones months and before the war in Ukraine,” Amirabdollahian said.

Iranian officials have previously said on numerous occasions that Tehran has “defense” cooperation with Russia, but has not supplied weapons to the Kremlin “for the purpose of being used in the war in Ukraine”.

Amirabdollahian reiterated on Saturday that Iran does not support any of the warring parties and is ready to talk to Ukraine.

“We have insisted with Ukrainian officials that if there is evidence of Iranian drones being used in the war in Ukraine by Russia, they should present it to us,” he said.

“We will not be indifferent”

According to the diplomat, an Iranian political and military delegation visited an unnamed European country two weeks ago to hold a meeting with Ukrainian counterparts, but they refused to attend “at the 11th hour” under pressure from the United States and Europe. , especially Germany.

“They had told the Ukrainian side that we want to sanction Iran for the drone issue, and now you want to go to a meeting with the Iranians in Europe and have a coffee with them,” he said.

Amirabdollahian said Iran still expects Ukraine to present the evidence in the coming days and “if it is proven to us that Russia used Iranian drones in the war in Ukraine, we don’t. we will not remain indifferent”.

The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on a number of Iranian entities and officials for drone sales to Russia, while Ukrainian officials have repeatedly condemned Tehran and downgraded diplomatic relations.

Moscow said the unmanned aerial vehicles it used in the war were Russian-made and warned the United Nations against investigating its use of drones in Ukraine.

Iran has also denounced attempts by the West to use UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which underpins its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, to pressure the UN into investigating the question.

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